The Army Wants You to Be Agile and Smart — as an Intrapreneur
MBA student to bring entrepreneurial mindset to military ops
With a decade of U.S. Army experience, Captain Anthony Bulaclac MBA 19 belongs to an elite community of highly skilled military leaders who have operated both helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft.
Bulaclac, who grew up in Victorville, Calif., after immigrating from the Philippines when he was 8-years-old, went on to earn a mechanical engineering degree from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
As a company commander and battalion operations officer in the U.S. Army, his responsibilities included managing support for sensitive aviation operations throughout the world. Notably, he commanded an Unmanned Aerial System company that provided aerial exploitation in support of U.S. combat operations in Afghanistan.
Now he joins the many active, reserve and former military personnel who have pursued a UC Davis MBA in order to accelerate their careers.
“In the future, I would love to see more people pursue the path that I have taken—young bright minds in the military seeking to gain a valuable skill set.”
Bulaclac is among a new breed of intrapreneurs. With his engineering background, he plans to put into action the entrepreneurship skills he’s learning and apply them to improve the technological capabilities of the Army and the U.S. Department of Defense.
“The Graduate School of Management has definitely impressed me with their demonstration of understanding the true nature of the entrepreneurial space and how to find success within it,” he said.
He is assisting the School to attract more exceptional military personnel to the MBA program. As the volunteer MBA ambassador for military outreach, Bulaclac meets with prospective students who are serving or have served. He answers their questions and shares his experience.
Anthony is growing his skills and experience as a member of the UC Davis Strategic Planning Committee.
“I have the privilege to witness Chancellor May’s strong leadership and dedication toward the improvement of UC Davis,” he said.
Bulaclac ignites the entrepreneurial spirit of his fellow classmates. As president of the UC Davis Entrepreneurship and Innovation Association, he works with students to bring business ideas to fruition by connecting them with a network of entrepreneurs, investors and mentors. The association supports teams as they enter pitches into the annual Big Bang! Business Competition organized by the UC Davis Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
He will pass the torch as association president next summer after he graduates. After completing his UC Davis MBA journey, Bulaclac is scheduled to return to the Army’s operational component. He looks forward to applying his newly acquired skills and knowledge to improve the U.S. military organization.
“In the future, I would love to see more people pursue the path that I have taken—young bright minds in the military seeking to gain a valuable skill set,” he said. “There are so many opportunities to apply what we learn here to improving our military enterprise.”